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 | 20 January 2020


Europe PMC Integrates Smart Citations from

Scite, an award-winning citation analysis platform, and Europe PMC, an open science discovery tool that provides access to a worldwide collection of life science publications, have partnered to display what scite calls smart citations on the Europe PMC platform.

Smart citations advance regular citations by providing more contextual information beyond the information that one study references another. Specifically, smart citations provide the excerpt of text surrounding the citation, the section of the article in which the reference is mentioned, and indicate whether the citing study provides supporting or contradicting evidence. As a result, one can evaluate a study of interest much faster.
Scite has been collecting the information required for smart citations from open access sources as well as through partnerships with such publishers as Wiley, the BMJ, and Future Science group and others yet to be announced. Currently, the scite database has 450M citation statements extracted from 14M publications that cite 31M articles.
To make smart citations accessible, Europe PMC will display citation analysis by scite on the Citations & Impact tab of articles for which smart citations are available. The citation analysis displays how many articles have supported, contradicted, or mentioned the article, and will be linked to a full scite citation report where users can explore the context of each citing article (

Josh Nicholson, co-founder and CEO of scite says, “We’re happy to introduce smart citations on the newly redesigned Europe PMC website. Europe PMC has been an innovator in providing new tools to researchers to help them better discover relevant research and we think scite provides something unique that researchers will find very valuable in their literature search.”
Michele Ide-Smith, Service Coordinator of Europe PMC says, “Europe PMC is delighted to collaborate with Scite to include this novel and useful feature. As Scite Smart Citations provide a helpful summary of the citation context, we hope that it will allow researchers and scientific curators to quickly assess the impact of articles.”

About scite
scite is a Brooklyn-based startup advancing citations with the introduction of smart citations. Using deep learning scite has classified 450 million citation statements from 14 million scientific articles that support, contradict, or mention prior research. scite is used by researchers from dozens of countries and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.
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2 comments on "Europe PMC Integrates Smart Citations from"

Robert Kiley says:

Can you provide some URL's showing this service in action?

europe pmc says:

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your question.
Smart Citations by scite are placed in the “Citations and Impact” section on the article page (, where you can also find a link to the citation analysis on (

Please, find some other URL’s below:


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